SEGMENT: LIVESTOCK, FARM WORK, & RETIREMENT
Walter Culver>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 8
- Tells story about a hog who had been killed and stolen. Had to close the chicken house at night to keep raccoons out. Had to scare raccoons out of the chicken house at night and brought a gun in case. Raccoons would sometimes wait until chickens were released in the morning. Had some sheep to sell and cut the grass. Cattle would break down the fence to eat corn from the field, so they had to be rounded up and penned up again. Cows were not hurt but some of the stalks were knocked down.
- FARM WORK
- Had hogs in winter, and feeding them was difficult with wind and snow. Winter days were shorter and they did not work after dark. For corn picking they would start at dawn, milk cows, feed horses, eat breakfast, and be in the field by daylight, and would pick until about dark. Got about two loads per day. Picking started around first of November and sometimes continued after Christmas. After corn was picked, chores were mostly milking and feeding.
- Had leisure time in winter. Took adult classes at the high school in woodworking and made tables. Wife took painting lessons in Petersburg, and he went with to take carving lessons. Sketched in the winter.
- Retired from farming 6-8 years prior. Since retiring they have been to Alaska, Europe, Mexico, CA, Seattle, Montreal, Japan, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Chicago, and New York.
- Recalls being in Europe during World War I. Recalls wild deer.